Robohub.org
 

Robot Race to Hawaii Contest

by
24 November 2015



share this:
Hawaii_The_Construct

The Robot Race to Hawaii is a robotics contest where participants program a humanoid Nao robot to run a 10-meter race in the shortest time possible. The whole competition is run in a Webots simulation inside The Construct hosting platform. Participants need only a computer equipped with web browser to participate, and are not required to download any applications. There is no cost to enter.

The competition is simple, making it a good entry point and hands-on exercise for newcomers to robotics. The Construct provides the simulated environment with the robot already in it, as well as a sample controller that participants have the option to use as a starting point for building the walking controller. Because the challenge is hosted in The Construct and stored in the cloud, contestants participate via their web browser and do not need to worry about downloading and installing software.

Teachers, you can use this contest as an assignment for your students, as participants can expect to learn:

  • How to code in Python. The controllers of the robots must be written in Python, which is one of the best languages for introducing someone to programming and especially to robotics. A good place to start learning about python is CodeAcademy.
  • How a robotics simulator works. The simulator used for the contest is Webots. Participants must learn how this simulator works in order to understand how all the parts interact together (robot simulation, controller, computer, etc). Fortunately, there are nice tutorials to learn about it here.
  • How to build models of objects for robot simulators. Throughout the competition, participants will be asked to create simulated models of simple objects, like a chair, a glass or a blackboard, once per week. This will provide them with deeper knowledge of what a simulation means. The same Webots tutorial linked to above contains information about how to create a model.
  • The basics of biped walking. Even if the contest provides a sample controller allowing the robot to walk, participants may be interested in applying more complex techniques for robot walking. Learning about how to make a biped walk can help create faster controllers. You can learn about robot walking here or read many of the scientific papers available in the web.

cubo_webots_8_robot_race_to_hawaii_contestMore complex topics such as writing and compiling C++ controllers, using ROS as a robotics framework, or the programming of more complex robot skills like opening doors or grasping a objects have been deliberately left out of this challenge in order to make it suitable for people with minimal knowledge of robotics. STEM high school students and first year robotics students should find the competition accessible.

Participation is open to anyone, however, so expect some pros to enter.

By the way, did I mention that the winner of the contest will get a trip to Hawaii?!?! Register here: contest.theconstructsim.com

Good luck!

 



tags: , ,


Ricardo Téllez is Co-founder and CTO of The Construct
Ricardo Téllez is Co-founder and CTO of The Construct





Related posts :



At the forefront of building with biology

Raman is, as she puts it, “a mechanical engineer through and through.” Today, Ritu Raman leads the Raman Lab and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
28 June 2022, by

Hot Robotics Symposium celebrates UK success

An internationally leading robotics initiative that enables academia and industry to find innovative solutions to real world challenges, celebrated its success with a Hot Robotics Symposium hosted across three UK regions last week.
25 June 2022, by

Researchers release open-source photorealistic simulator for autonomous driving

MIT scientists unveil the first open-source simulation engine capable of constructing realistic environments for deployable training and testing of autonomous vehicles.
22 June 2022, by

In this episode, Audrow Nash speaks to Maria Telleria, who is a co-founder and the CTO of Canvas. Canvas makes a drywall finishing robot and is based in the Bay Area. In this interview, Maria talks ab...
21 June 2022, by and

Coffee with a Researcher (#ICRA2022)

As part of her role as one of the IEEE ICRA 2022 Science Communication Awardees, Avie Ravendran sat down virtually with a few researchers from academia and industry attending the conference.

Seeing the robots at #ICRA2022 through the eyes of a robot

Accessbility@ICRA2022 and OhmniLabs provided three OhmniBots for the conference, allowing students, faculty and interested industry members to attend the expo and poster sessions.
17 June 2022, by





©2021 - ROBOTS Association


 












©2021 - ROBOTS Association